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Lord's Prayer in ASL

(also known as the "Our Father" or the "Paternoster")

Probably the best recent printed ASL presentation of this prayer is that in Costello, Elaine, Religious signing (Toronto/New York: Bantam Books, 1986), pages 192-196 (DEAF 420 C67r 1986). This has clear line drawings.

Gadling, Donna, and Pokorny, Daniel. You've got a song: selected popular songs with sign language interpretation (Silver Spring, Md.: National Association of the Deaf, 1979), p. 29-31. This version is set to the popular 1935 musical score, and has line drawings. (DEAF 784.5 G37 1979)

Long, J. Schuyler. The sign language: a manual of signs, second edition (Omaha, Neb.: Dorothy Long Thompson, 1918; also same edition reprinted by Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C., in 1952 and 1963) shows, through a sequence of small marked photographs, how the prayer was signed in the early 20th Century. (DEAF 420 L66s)

A video showing step-by-step how to do one signed version of the Lord's Prayer is In Sign Language Series: Lord's Prayer, available on DVD from Harris Communications, http://www.harriscomm.com/

In addition, there are several videos available on YouTube and other outlets that demonstrate various methods of expressing the Lord's Prayer. Here are three examples; more can be found in the contextual suggestions on the right-hand side of the video's page.

Lord's Prayer translated into ASL: A highly conceptual full translation into American Sign Language.

Lord's Prayer, transliterated: Though not truly ASL, this is a transliteration into sign language of the Lord's Prayer, almost word-for-word.

Lord's Prayer, sign language lesson for children: A highly simplified transliteration appropriate to teach to children.

 

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Prepared by Tom Harrington
Reference and Instruction Librarian
February, 2004
Updated: May, 2010
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